2012 was an amazing year for Healthy. Delicious. and I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be even better. Before that though, let’s take one last look at the recipes that 2012 brought. This is always one of my favorite posts to do, since it reminds me great recipes that I’ve forgotten about! First, lets start with your favorite recipes. These are the five recipes from 2012 with the most views (there are a few older ones that have more, but I limited this list to recipes that were originally posted this year.)
It’s a new month (seriously, can anyone believe its December already?!) and I have a few new and exciting projects up my sleeve. The first is that I’ve been asked to be a “spokesblogger” for Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressings!
Throughout the month of December, in addition to my regular posts, I’ll be featuring a few quick and easy recipes that I created featuring these dressings. At the end of the month, there will be a fabulous giveaway that will allow two of you to try the dressing out for yourself.
The start of the year is a great time for new beginnings and I, like so many other people, hope to take the time to refocus on eating healthily. After a season of festivity, it can be difficult to get back on track — and cold, gloomy weather that makes me crave comfort foods certainly doesn’t help!
Starting this week, I’ll be back to regularly posting healthy and delicious recipes — I have a chili recipe planned for Thursday that you won’t want to miss — but before I get to that, I thought I would take the opportunity to look back at some of my favorite healthy recipes from the past year or so. These six meals (I just couldn’t narrow it down to five; you get a bonus) are comforting, easy to prepare, and full of flavor that’s perfect for the cold winter months. In other words, they’re the perfect way to start 2011 off on the right foot, without feeling deprived.
Happy New Year!
If you’ve hung out around this blog for a while, you know that risotto is a staple in our house. You might even says it’s my thing. In fact, when I was asked to bring a gift that represented my blog to the Foodbuzz Festival I brought a risotto kit.
So when Marx Foods was looking for people to test and review four different kinds of risotto rice, I jumped on the opportunity. I almost always use arborio rice, both because its easy to find and affordable and because its what I know, but I was super excited to try out the rice that Marx Foods sent me: Vialone Nano, Organic Arborio, Organic Integrale (a brown rice), and Organic Carnaroli. Shawn and I did a blind tasting and ended up ranking the rice the exact same way as each other — and the results surprised us!
First, the ground rules: In order to keep the results as unbiased as possible, I identified each rice only by the pan that I cooked it in; I didn’t know which was which until the end. I prepared them all at the same time (quite the task!) using a simple recipe that would let the flavor of the rice itself shine through — just the rice, some onion, white wine, and chicken stock. I kept detailed notes as I cooked and tasted and rated each rice on appearance, creaminess, smell, and taste. When Shawn came home from work, he tasted each and ranked his favorites (again, he didn’t know which was which. He also didn’t know that I used the same recipe for each version of the risotto.)